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The Benson and Hedges Cup

The Benson and Hedges Cup


A Brief History Of The Benson and Hedges Cup

The Competition started in 1972, Twenty teams were organised into four zonal groups; the (then) seventeen first-class counties were joined by three other teams, Minor Counties (North), Minor Counties (South) and Cambridge University (who were to alternate annually with Oxford University). In each group matches (the five teams playing each other once) the winners were awarded three points plus a bonus point if their opponents were all out.

In 1976 The groupings were now no longer based on geographical considerations and the Minor Counties' two teams were divided into East and West instead of North and South. Scotland entered the competition in 1980 the Minor Counties being reduced to just one team.

In 1992 Durham joined the competition having become a first class county, Ireland joined in 1994 and competition reverted to a straight knock out.

1995 and the Benson and Hedges Cup went back to the group stages, the competition was ended in 2002 when the law was changed to prevent tobacco advertising on sporting events, its replacement in the cricketing calendar went to the Twenty 20 Cup.
Previous Winners Of The Benson and Hedges Cup

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2001
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1999
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1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
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1990
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1986
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1984
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1982
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1976
1975
1974
1973
1972
Warwickshire Beat Essex 5 wickets
Surrey Beat Gloucestershire 47 runs
Gloucestershire Beat Glamorgan 7 wickets
Gloucestershire Beat Yorkshire 124 runs
Essex Beat Leicestershire 192 runs
Surrey Beat Kent 8 wickets
Lancashire Beat Northamptonshire 31 runs
Lancashire Beat Kent 35 runs
Warwickshire Beat Worcestershire 6 wickets
Derbyshire Beat Lancashire 6 runs
Hampshire Beat Kent 41 runs
Worcestershire Beat Leicestershire 65 runs
Lancashire Beat Worcestershire 69 runs
Nottinghamshire Beat Essex 3 wickets
Hampshire Beat Derbyshire 7 wickets
Yorkshire Beat Northamptonshire fewer wickets
Middlesex Beat Kent 2 runs
Leicestershire Beat Essex 5 wickets
Lancashire Beat Warwickshire 6 wickets
Middlesex Beat Essex 4 runs
Somerset Beat Nottinghamshire 9 wickets
Somerset Beat Surrey 7 wickets
Northamptonshire Beat Essex 6 runs
Essex Beat Surrey 35 runs
Kent Beat Derbyshire 6 wickets
Gloucestershire Beat Kent 64 runs
Nottinghamshire Beat Worcestershire 43 runs
Leicestershire Beat Middlesex 5 wickets
Surrey Beat Leicestershire 27 runs
Kent Beat Worcestershire 39 runs
Leicestershire Beat Yorkshire 5 wickets